Gustave Moreau Museum (Musée National Gustave Moreau) – Paris

Gustave Moreau Museum (Musée National Gustave Moreau) – ParisGustave Moreau Museum (Musée National Gustave Moreau) – ParisGustave Moreau Museum (Musée National Gustave Moreau) – Paris

Truly one of Paris’s most singular art galleries, the Gustave Moreau Museum is a tribute and monument to the influential Symbolist artist Gustave Moreau and the chief repository of his fascinating works.  Focusing on biblical, literary and mythological themes, the collection encompasses over 14,000 paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, sketches, studies and models, from large to intimately scaled works, displayed exactly as the eccentric artist dictated, covering all the walls of this Beaux-Arts townhouse where he lived and worked throughout the last half of the 19th century.

Established and paid for by the artist himself, incorporating both his studio and his home, the rooms are exactly as he left them when he died, unchanged since the museum opened in 1903, preserved as if in amber with Moreau’s furniture and personal effects like his artist’s materials included in the display. Visiting is like traveling back in time to the dawn of the 20th century and being invited into an important artist’s private atelier.

Creating enigmatic, ethereal and mystical works, Moreau tread his own path during an era when Realism and then Impressionsim were ascendant, answering to his own dreamy muse, paving the way for the Surrealists of the 1920’s who revered him. Masterpieces on view include “The Apparition”, “Jupiter and Semele”, “The Life of Humanity”, “The Pretenders” and “Salomé”, all works that define the unique enchantment characteristic in Moreau’s art.

Also fascinating is the grouping of watercolors displayed on a rotating contraption designed by Moreau himself that creates a whirlwind of colors, as are the thousands of drawings on display in cases with movable panels, much of it insightful preparatory work for his major paintings.  Conclude your visit with a tour of the study complete with a collection of rare books and precious objects Moreau amassed and used as inspiration.

"Jupiter and Semele" (1895) - Gustave Moreau

“Jupiter and Semele” (1896) – Gustave Moreau

"The Pretenders" (1852) - Gustave Moreau

“The Pretenders” (1852) – Gustave Moreau

Official Museum Site


Gustave Moreau Museum

(Musée National Gustave Moreau)

14, rue de La Rochefoucauld

75009  Paris, France

(1) 48-74-38-50


Visiting Hours:

Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Closed on Tuesday.



€5 for an adult ticket.

€3 for reduced price ticket (60 and over).

Free for those under 18 years of age.

No online ticketing currently available. Purchase tickets at the museum box office.


Must See in the Permanent Collection:

  • “The Pretenders” – 1852

  • “The Apparition” – 1876

  • “Salomé” – 1876

  • “The Life of Humanity” – 1886

  • “Jupiter and Semele” – 1896




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